Author, Mark Fisher, presents a new musical exploration of this highly talented and intriguing group: What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book is a compelling 228-page book that involves not only these artists, but also some of the world's leading musicians and keenest XTC fans. In 2017, Fisher published The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, which Louder Than War dubbed "Music publication of the year" and Prog Magazine called "The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published".
In this new XTC book, you'll find contributions from Peter Gabriel and members of The Jam, Squeeze, The Bangles, Dr Hook, New York Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, The Waitresses, Voice of the Beehive, Odds, Jellyfish, Fassine and Future of the Left, among many others.
It is a compelling 228-page book that involves some of the world's leading musicians and keenest fans of XTC. Here, they come together to discuss what makes this Swindon band so very special and the extent of their impact of their music worldwide.
Every member of XTC also makes an appearance. Andy Partridge speaks about mixing, Dave Gregory on arranging and Barry Andrews on the piano. The book also features interviews with XTC drummers Pete Phipps, Pat Mastelotto, Ian Gregory, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks and Chuck Sabo.
Fisher also offers an in-depth review of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers playing live for the first time in 36 years as TC&I. during their recent Swindon Arts Centre residency, a performance named on BBC Radio 6 Music's Marc Riley show as one of the gigs of 2018.
“The article I enjoyed writing the most in The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls was the one in which comedians talked about each other’s favourite XTC songs. Despite their jobs, Kevin Eldon, Phill Jupitus, Stewart Lee, Joanna Neary and Paul Putner were not trying to be funny; they just spoke with passion and insight about the music they loved. It was a joy to hear. I wondered if I could take the idea further. If comedians could be as interesting as this, I reasoned, how much more fascinating would musicians be?” says the author.
What Do You Call That Noise? will be released on March 4.